Qualifying in 2002, Debbie is an expert occupational therapist who specialises in neurological rehabilitation. She is based in Leicestershire, travelling to Hinckley, Leicester, Loughborough and Melton Mowbray to deliver independent assessments to clients at home.
Having spent her early career working in community NHS teams, Debbie has extensive experience delivering functional assessments and rehabilitation programmes.
She now works independently, treating clients who present with neurological conditions, head/brain injury, acute rehabilitation needs and orthopaedic conditions, such as hip and knee replacements, fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis. Developing personalised treatment plans with the client and their family, Debbie aims to reach the client's personal goals and increase their independence within their home environment.
She maintains her professional development, continuing as a member of the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sections in Independent Practice.
East Midlands, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Coventry, Leicester, Derby
Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation
Routine planning, Daily living skills, Visual perception
Qualifying in 2003, Paul is an experienced occupational therapist specialising in housing adaptations, disabled facilities grants, housing suitability, equipment, assistive technology and moving and handling. He provides expert advice and enjoys helping his clients to achieve a higher quality of life by working collaboratively with them as well as with their carers & families.
Paul has a wealth of experience working as an Occupational Therapist within a social services role as well as with private clients with physical disabilities, including age related conditions, sensory impairment, neurological conditions, palliative conditions, catastrophic injury, amputation and brain injury, mental health difficulties and learning difficulties.
With a previous background in the construction industry, he has worked closely with architects, housing associations, councils, charities and contractors providing expert advice on the suitability of accommodation, adaptations to existing properties and new builds and has an in depth knowledge of assistive technology.
Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, West Midlands, East Midlands, East Anglia, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire, Leicester
Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation
DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, PIPs, Self care
Leicestershire, East Midlands
Qualifying in 2007, Rachel provides specialist hand therapy to adults and children. She is based in Leicestershire, covering Leicester, Hinckley, and Loughborough, Northamptonshire, and Warwickshire. To build on her clinical knowledge, Rachel has completed various postgraduate qualifications, including British Association of Hand Therapists accredited courses in wrist conditions and management of rheumatoid arthritis.
Rachel's expertise focuses on the management of acute and chronic conditions affecting the upper limb, having worked in various clinical settings including trauma & orthopaedics, plastic surgery and rheumatology. She assesses and treats clients with a range of conditions, including fractures, dislocations, nerve injuries and repairs and amputations.
Providing a variety of intervention techniques, Rachel ensures the needs of the individual are met and ultimately that they restore function. Treatment can include scar management and skin grafts, exercise provision, desensitisation and sensory re-education, as well as thermoplastic splinting in which Rachel has completed further training.
Rachel is a member of the British Association of Hand Therapists and continues her clinical development by attending seminars and training courses.
Derbyshire, East Midlands
Sarah is a highly motivated and experienced Occupational Therapist who is passionate about providing quality care. Her specialisms include moving and handling, ADL assessments, end of life care planning, stress and fatigue management.
Sarah is based in the West Midlands and also works in the East Midlands, Sheffield and surrounding areas, Leicestershire, Stoke-on-trent.
Sarah has experience of working with clients with conditions such as Dementia, Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophies, Degenerative Neurological Disorders, Falls and Fractured bones, Stroke, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Arthritis, Respiratory Conditions, Cardiac Conditions, Cancer and Functional Neurological Disorder.
Sarah is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists.
West Midlands, East Midlands, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Shropshire, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire, Birmingham, Sheffield, Coventry, Nottingham, Leicester, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton, Derby
Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Moving and Handling
Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Fatigue management, Pain management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural management
Derbyshire, East Midlands
Joanne is an expert Hand Therapist, practising in the field for over 20 years. She is based in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, visiting clients across the East Midlands, including Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, and Nottingham. Joanne is highly experienced in helping clients with a wide range of upper limb injuries and conditions, from complex trauma to complex regional pain syndrome. She helps clients of all ages and aims to work holistically, covering both the physical and psychological needs of each client.
Joanne assesses a client’s individual circumstances and needs, with the aim to maximise functional mobility and usability of the hands and upper limbs. This includes the client’s ability to undertake daily activities such as cooking, cleaning, and washing. Joanne will develop creative and effective treatment plans tailored to the individual client.
Joanne is also specifically trained and experienced in splinting, including the design and manufacture of bespoke splints. She is able to advise clients on a wide range of static and dynamic splinting options, providing the client with different options to suit their functional needs.
Joanne is a member of the Independent Practice section of The Royal College of Occupational Therapists and the British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT). She has delivered courses for BAHT and regularly undertakes her own professional development.
Northamptonshire, East Midlands
Gaynor is an expert occupational therapist with extensive experience in neuro rehabilitation, both in acute and community settings. She ensures her clients are able to maximise their independence by carrying out individualised assessments and providing bespoke treatment plans to meet their personal needs.
Gaynor has specialist training in many areas of occupational therapy including, BOBATH, Assessment of Motor and Processing Skills (AMPS), and SMART Assessment of PDOC patients. She works with patients with a variety of neurological conditions including, traumatic brain injury, stroke, motor neuron disease and MS.
Gaynor was on the panel of The Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) Specialist Section for Neurological Practice from 2004-2014. and in 2014 co-authored and published "Guidelines for OT working in Brain Injury". Gaynor is HCPC registered and a member of the BAOT (British Association of Occupational Therapists).
West Midlands, East Midlands, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Warwickshire, London - North, Nottingham, Leicester
Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation
Fatigue management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Wheelchair accreditation, Anxiety management & relaxation
Trained in sensory integration, Susan provides expert occupational therapy to children and young people. She works closely with families, teachers and carers focusing on the child's housing, equipment and seating needs, as well as ensuring safe moving & handling within the home and school. Susan works within the area of Nottinghamshire, visiting families in Mansfield, Nottingham, Retford and Southwell.
Having spent her career in both public and private sectors, Susan has gained vast experience working with children with neurological, physical and sensory needs. This includes treating children with autism, cerebral palsy and brain injury, as well as focusing on handwriting needs and balance or co-ordination difficulties.
Visiting children and families in their own home, Susan provides expert assessment and treatment sessions which aim to encourage the child to reach their maximum potential. She recommends pieces of specialist equipment, as well as providing sensory based therapy and advising parents on sensory strategies to support the child's needs. Susan also prescribes wheelchairs and seating solutions, including power chairs, specialist buggies and trikes.
Susan is a member of the Sensory Integration Network, as well as the Children, Young People & Families section of the College of OT.
West Midlands, East Midlands, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicester, Derby
Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management
DFG Assessments, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution
Jessica has extensive clinical experience of working with adults of all ages in community settings, whom have a very wide variety of physical and cognitive conditions. She covers the East Midlands area.
Jessica has specialist clinical skills that span across a broad spectrum which include neurological assessment and rehabilitation, seating and postural management, functional rehabilitation, moving and handling and equipment provision. She has worked with adults with conditions such as Stroke, Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neuron Disease, traumatic brain injury, dementia, cognitive difficulties, arthritis, osteoporosis, respiratory conditions, heart conditions, amputees and diabetes.
Jessica is passionate about working with adults and supporting her clients to maximise their independence. She is committed to establishing ways to overcome any functional difficulties and work collaboratively with her clients to set achievable, person centred goals.
Jessica qualified in 2011 and is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists as well as the RCOT Specialist Section for Neurological Practice.
East Midlands, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, West Midlands, Birmingham, Coventry, Nottingham, Leicester, Stoke-on-Trent, Derby
Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation
Fatigue management, Routine planning, Financial management, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural management, Wheelchair accreditation
Qualifying as an occupational therapist in 2006, Louise has specialised in treating clients with housing & equipment, rehabilitation and seating & postural needs. She is based in Derbyshire and travels to Derby, Ashbourne, Chesterfield and Long Eaton to visit clients and deliver assessments at home.
Louise is committed in supporting her client reach their personal goals and increase their independence, allowing for them to take part in their every day activities and live safely at home. Since qualifying in 2006, Louise has gained wide-ranging experience in both community and hospital settings and in both mental and physical health. She has a thorough understanding of the effects of pain, illness and disability on the quality of life.
She has spent her career working in community and hospital settings, treating clients with neurological conditions, orthopaedic conditions and those requiring help with fatigue and anxiety management. Her knowledge of neurology is extensive, including having worked with brain injury, stroke rehabilitation and chronic fatigue syndrome. Before leaving the NHS in 2016 to focus solely on her private practice and medico-legal work, Louise was the lead occupational therapist for elderly medicine therapy in Derby Hospitals. Additionally, she acted as a Key Manual Handling Trainer, the Dementia Lead and the Falls Lead.
Louise now undertakes work on private basis for clients who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries as a result of road traffic accidents, medical negligence or accidents in the workplace. She provides recommendations for major adaptations, equipment assessments, work place assessments and ongoing rehabilitation packages to maximise client’s return to independence and inclusion in pre-injury activities. Alongside her private practice she also works as an expert witness preparing care and equipment reports for personal injury or medical negligence cases.
Louise continues her professional development by attending conferences and training events, including being a member of the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sections in Independent Practice.
North West England, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, West Midlands, East Midlands, London, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Channel Islands, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester, Stoke-on-Trent, Derby
Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation
Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Fatigue management, Pain management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, Postural management, Anxiety management & relaxation
Northamptonshire, East Midlands
Since qualifying as an occupational therapist in 2009, Heather has specialised in the area of neurological rehabilitation. She works with clients in their home environment, visiting areas of Northampton and Kettering, as well as homes in Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Nottingham. Heather ensures her clinical knowledge is up to date, maintaining her memberships of the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sections in Independent Practice and Neurological Practice.
During her career, Heather has gained clinical experience in the NHS, working for charitable organisations and also in the independent sector, specifically in post acute, rehabilitation and community settings. She carries out specialist assessments on clients with complex neurological conditions, including brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis and those in prolonged disorders of consciousness.
Heather provides clients with a range of expert intervention, ensuring these are evidence based and meet best practice guidelines. This can include physical rehabilitation, focusing on upper limb rehab, balance and equipment provision, as well as cognitive rehabilitation and help with self care. She also provides education and training to the client's family and carers, ensuring they know how to use equipment safely and appropriately.
West Midlands, East Midlands, East Anglia, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland, Warwickshire
Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation
Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural management, Splinting
Worcestershire, West Midlands
Joanne qualified as an occupational therapist in 2004 and has specialised in seating & postural management and moving & handling. She lives in Warwickshire, travelling to Coventry, Birmingham, Solihull and Warwick visiting clients at home. Joanne has completed various postgraduate training courses to ensure her clinical knowledge is up to date, including a course in palliative care.
Joanne has worked in various clinical settings, including acute hospitals, hospices and within the community. Having treated clients with various medical and physical conditions, she has chosen to specialise in oncology and palliative care conditions, ensuring her care is always client-centred.
Joanne completes comprehensive assessments of her client's needs, focusing on physical and cognitive function, environmental factors and risks of falls within the home. She also completes detailed seating assessments, providing wheelchairs and seating solutions, as well as advice on pressure prevention and relief.
Working holistically, Joanne ensures all of her client's needs are met and delivers a treatment plan that aims to maximise function and safety within the home. The includes symptom management advice and techniques and help with self-care tasks, also offering support with fatigue and anxiety management.
Joanne has actively been involved with teaching, specifically on topics on palliative care, non-pharmacological symptom management and communication skills. She is also a member of the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sections in HIV, Oncology & Palliative Care (HOPC).
West Midlands, East Midlands, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire, Birmingham, Leicester, Stoke-on-Trent
Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling
Fatigue management, Self care, Wheelchair accreditation, Anxiety management & relaxation
Based in Nottingham, Helen visits clients in the areas of Mansfield, Derby, Retford, and Southwell. She specialises in hand therapy and rehabilitation, delivering specialist assessments and treatment for clients with a range of injuries and conditions.
Helen works with adults with hand, wrist, and upper limb conditions, covering chronic and acute injuries. She has expertise in scar management, desensitisation programmes and splinting. In her last role, Helen was the organisation's lead therapist for splinting.
Helen provides independent assessments and treatment programmes to clients and is committed to maintaining her clients' independence at home. She sets achievable and realistic goals, focusing on a client's functional rehabilitation and ability to carry out daily tasks.
To enhance her learning, Helen has completed post graduate training in hand therapy and related conditions. She is a member of the British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT) and has BAHT Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications. She also completed the Derby University Masters module on Hand Therapy in Practice.
Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, West Midlands, East Midlands, East Anglia, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Nottingham
Hand Therapy, Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation
Fatigue management, Pain management, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Self care, Splinting
Buckinghamshire, South East of England
Liz is a highly regarded Occupational Therapist working with children in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, West Midlands and London.
Liz has worked across a range of funding sectors including Health, Education and Social Care. Liz has worked with clients with conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Acquired Brain Injury, Learning Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Retts Syndrome, Dyspraxia, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Downs Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Muscular Dystrophy and Achondroplasia.
Liz delivers truly client centred and holistic occupational therapy assessments and interventions. She is passionate about working with children/young people and their families and delivering the highest possible standard of care. Liz aims to ensure each child is provided with every opportunity to develop to their full potential and to facilitate their participation in all aspects of daily life, at home, school and in the community in which they live.
West Midlands, East Midlands, London, South East of England, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands
DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Postural management, School Based Therapy/Support, Learning disability
Cambridgeshire, East Midlands
Covering the West and South West of England, Emily works with adults in a variety of areas including community and acute settings. aiming to enable her clients to be as independent in their everyday life as possible and to improve their well-being and quality of life.
Her areas of specialism are housing & equipment, seating & postural management and moving & handling. Emily provides clients with assistance on housing and equipment providing detailed reports for clients wishing to move house or adapt their accommodation. Completing moving and handling risk assessments to ensure clients and their carers carry out safe practices.
Working with clients in their home environment, Emily completes detailed assessments and provides treatment and recommendations to help increase her clients' overall independence and improve their quality of life.
East Midlands, Cambridgeshire
Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation
DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Self care, Postural management
Cambridgeshire, East Midlands
Karin is a paediatric occupational therapist who specialises in treating children with autistic spectrum disorder. She carries out assessments and treatment of children at home and school, helping them to achieve their maximum potential. She is trained in sensory integration and treats children with neurological and physical disabilities. Based in Peterborough, Karin covers the areas of Northamptonshire, Rutland and Cambridgeshire.
Karin graduated with a degree in Psychology in 2005 and went on to complete her BSc in Occupational Therapy in 2014. She has worked for the NHS as a paediatric and learning disabilities occupational therapist, working with children who need support to develop their fine motor skills, including handwriting as well as sensory processing difficulties and support with self care.
Throughout her career, Karin has become proficient at carrying out comprehensive assessments and creating child centred treatment programmes to help children achieve their goals and develop their skills. The home and school based treatment she provides includes advice and guidance for parents and teachers to help them work collaboratively ensuring the child is supported in gaining independence.
She is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT) and the Sensory Integration Network. She has also previously volunteered for for the NHS, running an independent living skills group.
East Midlands, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland
Daily living skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Postural management, DMO (Lycra) Splinting, School Based Therapy/Support
The OT Practice provides private occupational therapy services in and around Leicester as well as the rest of the UK. We have experienced therapists covering every specialism throughout Leicester, including Aylestone, Highfields, Rushey Meand, Southfields and Woodgate.
Whether you are looking for support for yourself, a family member or client, our skilled and motivated practitioners always provide the quality of care that we would desire for our own families - the very best. We know that every case is difference, so we listen to understand your goals in order to tailor our care to your needs.
Our Leicester therapists cover all areas of OT, including neurological or functional rehabilitation, housing & equipment, seating & postural management, paediatrics and hand therapy. For more information on some of our expert therapists in the region, please click on the profiles shown above. Alternatively, our dedicated client managers can provide a free initial consultation by telephone, as the first step in finding you the OT best matched to your needs. All are registered with the Health Care Professions Council, have at least five years’ clinical experience, and are members of the appropriate professional bodies.
We also have a dedicated paediatrics team at The OT Practice, so if you are considering referring a child then please visit the OT Practice Kids section of our website to learn more.
Our OT’s are helping people in Leicester deal with a variety of difficulties. If you would like to find out more visit our pages dedicated to explaining how our occupational therapists can help with common difficulties, covering adults and children. The most common difficulties we see are shown below, alternatively just call us on 0330 024 9910 for a free over-the-phone consultation.
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